Conor McGregor has vanquished numerous notable opponents throughout his fighting career, but he doesn’t count his win over Dustin Poirier as one of his most challenging.
The two are set to fight for a third time when they meet in a lightweight bout at UFC 264 on July 10, with each man having scored a victory in the series. It was McGregor who struck first blood, defeating Poirier seven years ago at UFC 178 by first-round TKO. In their rematch at 155 pounds this past January, it was Poirier who closed out UFC 257 with a second-round TKO of McGregor.
On Sunday night, McGregor participated in a Twitter Q&A and when a fan asked for his “easiest opponent ever,” McGregor answered, “Dustin 1.”
Dustin 1. https://t.co/I9NdXXJSe0— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2021
The win over Poirier came in the midst of a 7-0 start to McGregor’s career that culminated in a 13-second KO of Jose Aldo that made McGregor the undisputed UFC featherweight champion. He would later add the lightweight title to his collection by defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
Poirier has also worn UFC gold, having beaten Max Holloway in an interim lightweight championship bout. His trilogy bout with McGregor will likely produce the No. 1 contender for the Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler vacant lightweight championship bout that goes down this Saturday at UFC 262.
McGregor, who has fought just three times in MMA since 2016, added that he plans to fight at least two more times in 2021 (he did not specify whether this could include a boxing bout or not) and that he will likely compete again at welterweight in the future.
2 at least. https://t.co/oJBzECQRT4— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 10, 2021
Yes. I’ve always liked how I looked, felt, and performed at 170.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2021
I will most certainly be going back up! https://t.co/8PS6OOXO6i
On a more personal note, McGregor said he is expecting a third child soon and that he has been preparing his first son to potentially become a fighter “since day one.” However, he mentioned that for his UFC 264 camp, he is focusing on training away from his family.
Becoming a father! Another one due in a week! A lot of excitement building in the house now! https://t.co/SYaVpteYHe— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2021
Yes! I’ve been training my son since day 1. He will be ready if he decides too.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2021
I am going to do this fight away from the family also. For a change. Fights and boppies and cuddles is a hard one to balance.
I’m going into this one a wild dog. https://t.co/fnQbJKzK9J
It being Mother’s Day weekend, McGregor also replied to a fan who asked what the first big purchase was that he made for his mother:
I gave her a little stack of cash off of the first one. The Dana 60g one. Since then absolutely everything else. Car’s, clothes, homes, jewellery, million dollar cheques. You name it! 2 grandkids and another one on the way for her haha! I done good, she always believed in me! https://t.co/LB1e716oQV— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2021
McGregor also addressed rumors that he was interested in purchasing the Manchester United football club, clarifying that his first idea was to possibly buy shares in the Scottish club Celtic.
A conversation came up regarding Celtic first to be honest. To acquire shares from Dermot Desmond. I am certainly interested in acquiring a sports team at some stage!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2021
Both Celtic and Man United are teams I like for sure. But I am open. I feel I could do big things for a club. https://t.co/KgD9qnYipP